I always love doing the photoshoots with Cory for these articles. When you’re roaming around the community with both a photographer and the car owner in tow, it’s always fun to see the reactions of the people passing by. But, as is almost always the case, people are most interested in what else but the beautiful car, and this photoshoot was no exception. The car, a 2020 Corvette Stingray C8 carries a look that makes you believe a Marvel superhero is about to step out of it. As it turns out, our car owner is a retired police officer, so, pretty close!
“GM began production of the esteemed Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1981, and the facility has remained the exclusive home of the Corvette brand for 40 years. Known around the world as America’s sports car, the Corvette exemplifies the definition of innovation. The Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car. When the very first Corvette rolled off the line over 68 years ago, it was born an icon.
Corvette didn’t always call Kentucky home. In 1953, the first 300 were built by hand in Flint, Michigan, just after General Motors unveiled the Corvette as a “dream car” in the Motorama show in New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. The following year, production moved to St. Louis, and in June of 1981, Corvette production transferred permanently from St. Louis to Bowling Green, Kentucky.”
“I’ve always loved the Corvette”, explains our car owner. “I think I’ve owned almost every “C” version there’s been. My first Corvette was a brand new 1974 Stingray, and from there I’ve upgraded every few years.” He confesses however, that this gorgeous Torch Red beast may just be his most favourite of them all. “I love the rich history of this American-made icon, and it’s a beautiful drive for a fraction of the cost of some of the other equivalent sports cars out there.”
For 2020, the Corvette has undergone the most radical redesign in its 68-year history.
“Believing that they had squeezed every ounce of performance they could from the Corvette’s classic front engine and rear-drive layout, Chevrolet’s engineers decided a new mid-engine layout was the way to go for its inherent advantages in weight distribution.
As with past Corvettes, the C8 is practical for both daily driving and long trips. Although the total cargo area isn’t as usable as before, it’s still large enough to fit a few pieces of luggage. There’s space for the coupe’s removable targa roof panel in the rear, and the lack of an engine up front makes for a small trunk in the nose. The new interior has a sharp, driver-focused design, and fine materials are used throughout”
The photos seen here clearly show that this car delivers on everything powerful, elegant, and fast. With that mid-mounted engine planting 490hp to the asphalt, and taking all of 2.8 seconds to reach 100kph, the C8 delivers on both power and performance. Redesigned suspension and dampers glue the C8 to the road and corners as if on rails – very fast, very smooth rails. The interior, an elegant mix of suede, carbon-fibre, and aluminum, has been designed for full-on ergonomics and performance. There is plenty of room for two, with full adjustable seating and controls. The full-colour, customizable 12” instrument cluster feeds all driving and system info to the driver, while the C8 also employs GM’s MyLink, making for easy control with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Our humble car owner clearly shows his love for his car, and while he’s not keen on all of the attention, we think that for his years dedicated to public service and protection, he deserves to ride like a superhero.
Thank you for your service sir, enjoy the ride!
Written by: Kelli M. Maddocks | Photos: Cory Bruyea